Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fun Facts: Candy Corn

Though I usually wait until October 1 to start in on the Halloween season, I started in on the Halloween season yesterday by buying decorations and watching a creepy movie. So, I officially declare it the Halloween season and to kick it off...a Fun Facts blog on Candy Corn!

Candy Corn is only found in the United States and Canada and is primarily available in the Fall, though you can get it year round if you are in the right place (I assume some sort of candy store).

Candy Corn was created in the 1880s and was originally made by hand by the Wunderlee Candy Company.

The biggest seller of Candy Corn is Brach's. A serving of Brach's Candy Corn is 19 pieces, with 140 calories and 0 fat.

In 1985, during the U.S. Congressional hearings on extending Daylight Savings Time later in the fall, the candy industry put Candy Pumpkins on the seat of every senator in an attempt to convince them to have Daylight Savings Time extend through Halloween so kids would have the daylight to collect more candy. It was not extended to November until 2005.

Brach's Candy Pumpkins are officially known as Mellowcreme Pumpkins. Mellowcreme is what the ingredients of candy pumpkins are called before they set, named since the finished pumpkins have a mellow, creme texture.

The best trail mix ever is simply candy corn mixed with peanuts (seriously, go try it).

Stay tuned for further Halloween fun facts throughout the Halloween season!

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